Net profit rose 40.6% to $27.7 million while operating profit climbed 4.6% to $45.8 million.
In 2009, the Japanese B.O. hit its second-highest total ever, with $2.21 billion -- 5.7% better than 2008. Meanwhile, admissions grew 5.5% year-on to some 170 million.
For the first time in six years, Nintendo has announced drops in earnings and profits.
Underscoring the softening of demand for indie pics in the Japanese market, pioneering arthouse operator Cinema Rise has announced it is closing two of three screens in its Tokyo theater in June.
The Kabuki-za theater, a landmark in Tokyo's Ginza district for nearly six decades, closed its doors for the last time on April 30.
Imax and Japanese exhib Tokyu Recreation are partnering to open five Imax screens in Japan.
In a push to attract younger auds to Hollywood pics, Paramount Japan has taken the unusual step of dubbing nearly half of the prints for current release "Shutter Island."
Japan is planning to more than double the export of entertainment products to $27 billion by 2020.
Indie distrib Tornado Film has filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo District Court.
Early risers with a keen interest in technology may want to fire up their computers this morning for a webcast from Washington: "A National Conversation on the Economic Sustainability of Digital…
Talent shop Amuse, whose roster includes some of the biggest names in the local biz, has announced its first-ever 3D show, which will also be the first-ever live 3D broadcast on Japanese TV.